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Every Step of the Way

Behind every migrant there is a unique story that shows the genuine reasons for the migrants’ journeys, and the privation they endure in the pursuit of their dreams.

Take 17-year-old Tarek*. An Afghan, he was used to turbulence and insecurity, but one day his home was set on fire and his family fled in different directions. He’s not seen his parents since that fateful day a year ago.

Tarek walked pretty much all the way across Iran, Turkey, Greece and North Macedonia. Most nights he slept under bridges or under the stars, hungry, scared, cold, exhausted.

An Inspirational Colleague

Disability inclusion activist, human rights advocate, accessibility evangelist. This is Milica Trpevska, IOM Project Assistant seconded to MARRI (Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative) Regional Centre in Skopje. Milica’s life mission is to empower those who are made to feel marginalized or disengaged to live happier and more productive lives.

“Invisible in Plain Sight” in front of Telavi’s medieval castle.

On 18 October IOM marked EU Anti-Trafficking Day with partners and counterparts. 

Big Award for IOM North Macedonia

The Police force of North Macedonia has awarded an Honorable Mention to the International Organization for Migration for successful cooperation and continuous support as part of the celebrations of the Day of Police (7 May) in the country. 

IOM and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of North Macedonia successfully work together on implementing capacity building activities for migration management, preparation of strategic documents, alignment of the legislative framework with the EU Acquis and combating human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.